THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Old School Reggae & Hip-Hop Party, Dark Diamonds Burlesque, Curley Taylor, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Thurs., July 4:

Filipino American Friendship Day

“This will be a whole day event full of live entertainment, display of Filipino’s arts and crafts, food galore and unity amongst Filipino-Americans to take pride of the restoration of the said park that symbolizes Filipinos pride and honor!

“This first project we’re doing on July 4th is only the beginning, but we hope to gain more support from our kababayans and neighboring communities as our intent and goal is to make this a beautiful park for everyone to enjoy particularly to all Filipinos around the world!

“Please share and invite this event to help us spread the word!”

Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Doctor Jose P. Rizal Park — 1008 12th Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend

Fri., July 5:

Old School Reggae & Hip-Hop Party

“A night of classic Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B, Soca and more” All-Ages 

Time: 7 p.m.–12 a.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr Way S
Cost: $5


Brothers of the Sun 39th Annual Dance

“If you have any questions please feel free to contact our President C-1 (253) 255-3333 or our Vp Big Lee (206) 353-1714.”

*Brothers of the Sun is also having a BBQ on July 4 at John C. Little Park, from 1 p.m.–8 p.m.

Time: 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m.
Where: Filipino Community of Seattle — 5740 MLK Jr. Way S.
Cost: $10 Adv. / $15 Door

Sat., July 6:

Floware Park Children’s Open Mic Free Summer Art in the Park

“Inspired Child Children’s Open Mic FREE Summer Art in the Park Program: This program features 4 Saturday Open Mics from 3-5pm July 6th @ Flo Ware Park, July 13 @ Pratt Park, July 20th @ Powell Barnett Park, July 27th @ Judkins Park.

“All performers are welcome for an all ages audience. Preference on the open mic list will be given to performers birth – age 12. Parent & child and family performances encouraged!

“Do you have a little performer or would you like to perform for children? Creative activities for children and families! Write a poem in our writing funshop, share your talents in our open mic and enjoy the creativity of your community! This is Free event.

“Check out our website at for other events, programs and performance opportunities for artist of all ages!”

Time: 3–6 p.m.
Where: Floware Park — 28th Ave S.
Cost: FREE


Music Under the Stars at Columbia Park

“Bring a picnic, stretch out on the lawn, and enjoy some of the best classical music ever written. It’s another summer of Music Under the Stars, one of Seattle’s best-loved summer traditions. The event begins at 7:30pm with live music performed by outstanding student ensembles. Then at 8:00pm, the evening continues with a live audio broadcast of a Seattle Chamber Music Society concert, featuring world-renowned artists performing at Benaroya Hall, provided directly to the park by KING-FM.” This event repeats every Friday in July. Facilitated by Seattle Chamber Music Society.

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rainier Arts Center / Columbia Park — 3515 S. Alaska St
Cost: FREE

RAW – The Emerald Cut

Submission | Numbness | Obsession | Acceptance | Lust | Confidence

“We are all bottled up, especially now. Join Dark Diamonds Burlesque as we open up with our most emotional displays of existence and resistance on the stage of the historic Columbia City Theater, uplifting the POC voices and bodies that vessel so much to tell you in so little time.

“Starring: Carson St. Clair, Mia Maravilla, Sapphire Savant, D’Monica Leone, Nox Falls, Puck’s A’Plenty

“Therapy never looked so bare. Show is at nine, doors are at eight. We promise to not keep you out too late… Hosted by Rebecca MMmm Davis.” 21+

Time: 8 p.m. (doors)
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $30


Caribbean Night’s Independence Day Bash!

“Caribbean Night’s Independence Weekend Bash this Saturday Night at Red Lounge in Seattle! Come celebrate the holidays Caribbean style! Reggae // Dancehall // Soca // Afrobeats // R&B.” 21+

Time: 10 p.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $15 (before 12 a.m.) / $20 (after 12 a.m.)

Sun., July 7:

Hotter Than July Party

“Unapologetic Artists and Creatives host the Hotter Than July party on July 7th. Vibes by DJs Topspin and N So; Food by Def Chef; Cocktails by Erudite and Stone; Live Painting by Afrospk.

“Family friendly! Children are welcome and invited! Accessibility. No steps to access yard. Seven steps up to first floor. Bathroom is on the second floor (21 steps).

Time: 2–8 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave.
Cost: Free to attend

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Mon., July 8:

Get Enrolled: ORCA LIFT’s Reduced Fares

“Drop in to register for ORCA LIFT, a reduced fare on area public transit for income-qualified riders, ages 19 and older.

“To see if you qualify, check or call King County Public Health at 1.800.756.5437. Please bring ID and income verification documents.

“An Orca-to-Go customer service representative will often be here for seniors, people with disabilities and kids to get a reduced fare pass.

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Skyway Library — 12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tues., July 9:

Open Caption Spider-man: Far From Home

“Open Caption Tuesday show! Wheelchair accessible.”

Also playing at Ark Lodge Cinemas: Midsommar, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Late Night, Spider-man: Far From Home (showtimes vary, see website)

Time: 7 PM
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas — 4816 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $9–13 (Wednesdays: $6 all seats; all day!)

Wed., July 10:

Curley Taylor at The Royal Room

“Live from Louisiana! Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble at The Royal Room

“Louisiana native Curley Taylor has been around music all of his life. Born into a musical family, drums were Curley’s first instrument. Curley began his professional career at age 16 by playing drums in his father’s band, Jude Taylor and the Burning Flames, a band deep in Louisiana Blues, Soul and Zydeco.

“In 2003 Curley was ready to make the move and launch his own band – Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble. His debut CD ‘Country Boy’ was released to rave reviews. Artists familiar with Zydeco compared Curley’s music to that of the late, great Beau Jocque. ‘It’s a high compliment,’ Curley replied, ‘but Country Boy is only the start.’ Curley has been playing, touring and recording ever since. Since his debut CD, Curley has released six more CDs of original music, making him one of the most prolific composers in Zydeco.Doors at 6 p.m.; Zydeco dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. The Royal Room is All-Ages until 10 p.m.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $15 Adv. / $20 DOS


Open Mics!

Here’s a quick round-up of the ones we know about (listed in chronological order):

Seattle’s Best Open Mic (Wednesdays)

Lyrically We Stand (Third Wednesdays)

Sistas Rock The Arts Open Mic (Thursdays)

Cafe Red’s Open Mic for All (Second Thursdays, see website for details)

Totem Star Open Mics (Fridays w/ variable frequency & location)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays)

Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) Open Mic (Tuesdays)

Skylark Hang: Jazz Open Mic (Tuesdays)

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays)

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

And check out these comedy-specific open mics:

Joketellers Union (Wednesdays)

Stand Up Comedy Open Mic at Tippe & Drague (First Saturdays)

*Here’s a monthly comedy showcase too: Cafe Red’s We Got Jokes (Second Wednesdays)

If karaoke is more your speed, check out these venues:

Bush Garden (Daily)

Columbia City’s New Karaoke Night (Wednesdays)

Clock-Out’s ggnzla Karaoke (Mondays)

Venus Karaoke (room rentals)


*NOTAFLOF = “No one turned away for lack of funds”

DOS = Day of Show

Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

Door = Tickets are only available at the door.

FREE = As far as we can tell, you can show up and have fun without buying anything.

Free to Attend / No Cover
= We don’t think there’s a cost to attend, but you may feel enticed or expected to buy something or make a donation (especially if the event is at a bar or restaurant or is not-for-profit and/or a fundraiser).

RSVP = French acronym for “Please respond.” The hosts’ / venue encourage or require you to let them know you’re coming. There’s probably a link somewhere. 🙂

Family-Friendly = This is an event for the whole family.

All-Ages = People under 18- / 21-years may attend, but young children won’t necessarily enjoy this event.

Please follow individual event links and follow up with event venues / organizers to verify crucial event details.

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